portal goes live

VA Linux Systems formally launched on Tuesday its Web site, which it hopes to turn into a community portal supplying news, software products, and technical data of interest to Linux users and developers.

Typical of the community's democratic spirit the site will be "by the people", according to a notice on the site. The site will be run by volunteers from all sectors of the Linux community, according to officials.

The site, which went live officially on Tuesday, has been receiving as many as 100,000 hits a day recently even though it was still under construction, VA officials claimed.

VA Linux won the rights to the domain name this past March from a Linux programmer in the Netherlands who owned the rights for several years. The California-based company, a manufacturer of systems that run Linux, beat out several competitors, including Compaq, for rights to the name.

Board members of the new site include Rob Malda, Slashdot publisher; Nick Petreley, editorial director of Linuxworld; Patrick Lenz, Freshmeat founder; Phil Hughes, Linux Journal publisher; Doug Kennedy, a vice president at Oracle; and Kurt Akeley, a vice president at Silicon Graphics.

VA Linux Systems, is at

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